STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1311

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 768

S.D. 1

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 768, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to address the privacy of minor patients receiving mental health treatment by:

 

(1) Requiring licensed mental health professionals, as part of the standard of care, to educate minor patients on their confidentiality rights and inquire whether minor patients want their mental health treatment or counseling services to be confidential from their parents or guardians;

 

(2) Clarifying that the minor, or the minor's parent or legal guardian, is not responsible for payment of out-of-pocket costs for a minor patient's mental health treatment or counseling services; and

 

(3) Restricting the disclosure of billing and payment history for a minor patient's mental health treatment or counseling services under certain conditions.

The Department of Health, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Rainbow Family 808, Hawaii Psychological Association, Mental Health America of Hawaii, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and a few individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Hawaii Medical Service Association submitted comments on this measure.

 

Your Committee notes the concern of Hawaii Medical Service Association that this measure could increase the administrative burden for plans and providers by causing unnecessary confusion and complexity regarding the privacy laws.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 768, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 768, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair